Posted by: 4pack | March 19, 2009

“Ideal Shape”: Are Jamaican Men Suffering From “Male Pregnancy Syndrome”?

JAMAICA SEEMS TO HAVE IT ALL…ISLAND PARADISE, WHITE SANDY BEACHES, TROPICL FOODS…AND OBESITY…PLENTY OF IT AMONGST THE MALE POPULATION…READ THIS ARTICLE FROM A JAMAICAN PUBLICATION: 

Have you noticed that many Jamaican men look pregnant? It is now common to see men whosejamaica swollen bellies make them appear pregnant. They have what I describe as the male pregnancy syndrome (MPS). Obesity has replaced cigarette smoking as the commonest preventable cause of death in the world today and MPS is a particularly common and dangerous type of obesity.

MPS has a great deal to do with the soaring incidence of diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and circulatory problems. It also contributes to a group of common metabolic disorders like high levels of cholesterol, triglycerides and uric acid in the blood. Even other seemingly unrelated conditions like chronic fatigue, erectile dysfunction, snoring and sleep apnea are also related to this kind of obesity. Medical research suggests that a man with a waist measurement of over 39 inches will increase his risk of diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease by over 500 per cent!

Of course, women who are not truly pregnant can also develop this apple-type obesity. Their buttocks, legs and arms may be normal but they display the protruding abdomen of MPS sometimes accompanied by large breasts and neck. They carry the same risks as their male counterparts.

However, pear-shaped (versus apple-shaped) obesity is more common in women, with fat accumulation in the lower abdomen, thighs and buttocks. This kind of fat is mostly located beneath the skin, is less active metabolically and represents excess stored calories. This is a less dangerous pattern of obesity and is associated with fewer medical problems.

MPS involves an accumulation of fat on the upper body from the neck to the abdomen, often without the arms, legs or buttocks being involved. We also know it as ‘beer belly’ or ‘big gut’. This excess fat is not just located under the skin. It accumulates inside the abdominal cavity, covering and infiltrating the internal organs and is associated with the serious medical conditions mentioned above.

 

Many obese men (and women) commonly develop diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, abnormal blood cholesterol, triglycerides and uric acid. Medical research has clearly shown that they are not really suffering from many different disorders. All these conditions have an underlying basis, a metabolic and hormonal imbalance called the ‘metabolic syndrome’ or ‘syndrome X’. MPS is a major part of this problem. Sadly, many of these people are treated with a long list of drugs for each complaint without any attention being paid to the underlying cause. This is bad medicine.

http://www.jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20090316/news/news3.html

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